veneer chair

Project: Flexible automation in manufacturing of laminated veneer products

In this project, we study challenges for automation in the furniture industry. The wood furniture industry has a great need for development in order to be competitive. An increased level of automation may be a part of the key to succeed.

The project was completed in January 2018.

Project information

Project manager
Jimmy Johansson
Other project members
Lars Blomqvist, Henrietta Nilson and Steffen Landscheidt (Linnaeus University), Jörgen Johansson (Svensson & Linnér), Hans Pettersson (Yaskawa Nordic)
Participating organisations
Svensson & Linnér, Yaskawa Nordic
The Knowledge Foundation (KK-stiftelsen), Svensson & Linnér, Yaskawa Nordic
1 Jan 2016-1 Jan 2018
– Forestry and wood technology (Department of Forestry and Wood Technology, Faculty of Technology)
– Business administration (School of Business and Economics)

More about the project

In this two-year project, the aim is to investigate challenges concerning automation in the wood furniture industry. The wood furniture industry in Sweden has a large need to develop in order to stay competitive. Increased level of automation in production is important in order to solve several challenges identified in the industry. Before implementing automated applications there are, however, issues to solve related to e.g. organisational, human and technological issues. These determine the possible level of automation. Especially in the wood industry the heterogeneity and movability related to e.g. moisture conditions of the material will be a critical aspect to consider.

Because of the interdisciplinary conditions of the project the project group consist of researchers and companies from different disciplines (researchers from Forest and wood technology and business administration and companies Svensson & Linnér, manufacturer of laminated wood products and Yaskawa, supplier of automation solutions).

The study utilises the different partners in the project as a study object to determine the possible automation level depending on the industrial prerequisites. Other industries will be used for benchmarking to broaden the view. From this understanding an automation concept is formulated and thereafter verified through testing and experimenting. The project will follow a real industrial on-going case and be a part of the decision making process of a possible automation implementation.

The project is part of the research in the Forestry and Wood research group.